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Former model wins £75 million divorce award

Christina Estrada had sought £238 million

Christina Estrada has been awarded by Mrs Justice Roberts in the High Court a sum of about £75 million from her former husband, Sheikh Walid Juffali. Ms Estrada had sought a sum of £238 million. 

Ms Estrada said:

"I am very grateful for [the court's] ruling. I have lived in the United Kingdom since 1988 and am thankful for access to the British courts. I never wanted to be here. I always wanted to resolve the matter amicably. This process has been incredibly bruising and distressing. Walid and I were happily married for 12 years and have a beautiful daughter together. He took both a second wife and divorced me without my knowledge.

"His use of diplomatic immunity to try and prevent me from access to a legally binding settlement set a worrying precedent."

The Court of Appeal had considered the Sheikh's claim for diplomatic immunity and decided that his permanent residence in the UK precluded him from availing himself of such protection from his former wife's financial claims. That judgment is here.

According to the report in The Guardian, Ms Estrada had claimed that she required £1 million a year for clothes, including £40,000 for fur coats, £109,000 for haute couture dresses and £21,000 for shoes.

For The Guardian's report, please click here.